On Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, Maine became the first state in our nation's history to adopt ranked-choice voting for federal and state elections [Boston Globe]. A second victory was achieved by activists in Benton County, Oregon, which will become the first county-wide implementation in the nation.
For average voters, however, these landmark victories were partially overshadowed by the shocking results of the Presidential election. While nearly half the country celebrates, millions more are left sad, angry, or confused.
But we're democracy reformers. Where others give up because our political problems seem too intractable, we focus on solutions, we work hard, and we win real reforms to make our democracy even stronger.
The "crisis feeling" from this election can serve to inspire within voters a hunger for solutions to our worst pitfalls in voting. Ranked-choice voting brings relief to this pain. This elegant fix to our voting system gives voters more power over their government and their future. Are you ready to help us spread the word?
"Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity."
- Joseph Sugarman